Thursday, March 10, 2011

Governor Requests FEMA Help In 3 Area Counties

Tennesseee Governor Bill Haslam has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide a joint preliminary damage assessment for Jackson, Pickett and Fentress counties -- all of which were impacted by flooding that began on February 28th. Officials with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and FEMA will begin joint preliminary damage assessments on Tuesday, March 15. The joint assessment will determine if the damage to individual households is sufficient to trigger federal assistance programs, It also determines whether state and local governments, and utilities in the affected counties can qualify for the federal Public Assistance program, which provides reimbursements for repairing and rebuilding public infrastructure, removing debris, and measures taken to protect lives and properties.